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Gerardo
Con Diaz
Computing and Intellectual Property
PhD Candidate
Yale University

I am a historian of science and technology with a special interest in law and public policy. My dissertation is a history of software patenting in the United States, and my current works in progress address the development of other forms of intellectual property protection for computer programs. My primary research interests stand at the intersection of the histories of technology, business, and law, but my broader interests include the history of epidemics and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Kimon
Keramidas
Cultural history of media and technology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
New York University - Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program

My research focuses on the study of media (both material devices and cultural texts) through the lenses of political economy and sociology of culture. I recently completed an exhibit titled The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing that considers how interface design has influenced computational and cultural experiences in the age of the personal computer. I also study the role of intellectual property in cultural production and am working on a book project on the development of corporate theatrical production in the late 1990s and the role of intellectual property in shaping commercial theatrical practices.

I am also interested in the intersection of interactive technology into pedagogy and through my work at NYU I work with faculty, staff, and students to find new ways to integrate digital media into scholarship and teaching. To that end I have also published about, taught, and lectured about the current and future potential for new creative and theoretical approaches to academic work through the use of alternative media practices.

Brent
Strang
Media Materiality
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Studies of Media
Stony Brook University

Remote controls, game controllers, computer mice, home entertainment zone, televisuality, media archaeology, human factors & ergonomics, interaction design, user centred design, user experience design, new materialism.

Chris
Wood
Colin
Agur
Telecommunications
Postdoctoral Researcher
Yale University

History of telegraph, telephone, and computer networks; India; telecommunications policy

Quinn
DuPont
Software history
PhD Student
University of Toronto
Andrew
Schrock
Communication
University of Southern California
Jacob
Gaboury
Computer Graphics
Assistant Professor
Stony Brook University

Media Theory, History of Technology, Queer Studies

Jaroslav
Svelch
history of digital games
lecturer
Charles University, Prague

I am interested in history of digital games and history of computing in Central and Eastern Europe. I've published on the topic in journals like Game Studies and I'm working on a book on the topic.
The list was recommended to me by a fellow scholar who invited me to participate in a panel at the 2015 SHOT conference.

Andrew
Russell
College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology

Andrew L. Russell is an associate professor of history and director of the Program in Science & Technology Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the author of _Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks_ (Cambridge University Press, 2014), co-editor (with Robin Hammerman) of _Ada's Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age_ (ACM Press, forthcoming 2015), and author of over a dozen articles and book chapters on the history of the Bell System, the American system of voluntary standards, modular design, and the history of computer networks such as Cyclades, OSI, the Arpanet, and the Internet. At Stevens, he teaches courses on American history, the history of science and technology, business history, research and innovation policy, and social aspects of information and communication technologies. He is a graduate of Vassar College (B.A. History, 1996), the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.A. History, 2003), and the Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. History of Science and Technology, 2007), and worked in the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government from 1997 to 1999. His research and writing has been supported by the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado, the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, the IEEE History Center, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He is the Reviews Editor for IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, a member of the IEEE Computer Society History Committee, and Chair of SIGCIS, an international collective of historians of computing and information.

Joris
Van Zundert
Computational & Digital Humanities
Researcher
Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

History of computers and software, interaction between computing/software and the humanities and society. Intellectual history connected to technological development. Epistemology & philosophy regarding computation and digital technology.

Julie
Cohn
History of Technology, Energy History, Electric Power Systems, Environmental History
Research Historian
University of Houston

I have participated in past SIGCIS conferences, presented at one, am on the SIGCIS listserv, and would like to be able to log into the SIGCIS website. Not sure why I am not currently able to, but want to try again!

I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Houston on the development of the North American Power grid. One section of the dissertation addresses the use of both analog and digital computing for power system control. I have an interest in the longer history of the use of computing and calculating machines in the electric power industry and presented on this topic at the SIGCIS meeting in 2013. I am currently affiliated with the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. Thank you.

Marcelo
Vianna
Computers
PhD Student
PUCRS - Program of Post-Graduation in History

Technopolitics, formation of IT field, social history of computers.

Mike
Humphries
Software
Co-Chair
Software Industry SIG, Computer History Museum

Software and the history of both the business and technology developments that occurred at the businesses and institutions that made it possible. Gathering, preserving and communicating that history to anyone interested.

Gustav
Sjöblom
History of information technology
Postdoctoral Researcher
Chalmers University of Technology

My work in the history of computing and information technology falls into three major themes:

- The diffusion of IT innovations: focusing on software (knowledge and networks) rather than hardware (artefacts) I analyze the diffusion of IT innovations in Swedish private business, primarily in the mainframe era up to c. 1980. The innovations I have studied include digital computing for technical computation; materials- and production planning; numerical control and industrial automation; and management control. I am especially interested in interpersonal and interorganizational networks, discourses of technology, and intermediaries of knowledge diffusion such as industry organizations and research institutes.

- IT use and changing practices and discourses of management in big business: in an ongoing in-depth study of the use of various forms of computer technology at the electrical engineering firm Asea between 1950 and 1976, I analyze from an actor-perspective the interrelation between changes in information technology use and discourses and practices of management, with separate studies of the use of technical computation, administrative data processing, numerical control and automation, production and inventory control, and logistics, as well as the development of products and services containing computer technology, notably process control systems and robotics.

- IT-based, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship: the historical development of Swedish management consulting, IT consulting, outsourcing, and internet advertising. Using the framework of knowledge work proposed by Mats Alvesson together with product life-cycle analysis, entrepreneurship theory and industrial dynamics, I analyze the entrepreneurship and management in these industries in relation to technical and social change. In particular, I am about to conclude a two-year project on entrepreneurship in digital advertising, a remarkable Swedish creative success story.

Vishwas
Rudramurthy
Cyber Security, Information Security
Assistant Professor

Cyber Security, Information Security

Sharon
Irish
architectural history
Project Coordinator & Adjunct Lecturer, Center for Digital Inclusion; Co-Facilitator, FemTechNet
University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign

cybernetics in Britain; community participation and ICTs; digital humanities

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Joy
Rankin
History of Computing
Graduate Student
Yale University

Joy studies the history of digital technologies, primarily the history of computing, focusing on the post-World War II era in the United States. Her dissertation examines how 1960s and 1970s users of time-sharing systems experienced individualized, interactive computing, balancing a study of user experiences with an analysis of the technologies that enabled those experiences. Her work addresses the multiple contexts in which personal computing arose, as well as business history, gender and technology, and computing and the human experience. Joy is also interested in the history of biotechnology, math and science education, science and technology policy, and maps of all kinds. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she double-majored in mathematics and history. After college, Joy enjoyed a successful career launching educational programs ranging from an online ESL website to online Advanced Placement courses for high school students, a career that brought her from Boston to Portland, Oregon to Durham, North Carolina and Geneva, Switzerland. Joy attained her master’s degree at Duke University, concentrating in the history and sociology of science.